NEW YORK (Dec. 27, 2016) — President-elect Donald Trump has selected Harvard Economist Peter Navarro to head up a White House National Trade Council (NTC), a body that will advise the president on trade matters with a focus on reviving U.S. manufacturing.
The Trump transition team singled out Mr. Navarro, currently a professor at the University of California-Irvine, as being "instrumental in challenging the prevailing Washington orthodoxy on so-called free trade."
In particular, President-elect Trump noted that Mr. Navarro has "presciently documented the harms inflicted by globalism on American workers, and laid out a path forward to restore our middle class. He will fulfill an essential role in my administration as a trade adviser."
During the campaign, the transition team noted, Mr. Navarro and Commerce Secretary-designee Wilbur Ross worked to develop and communicate Mr. Trump's trade and economic agenda and a new vision to bring back America's manufacturing wealth.
"Peter Navarro is the best person President-elect Donald Trump could have chosen to head his National Trade Council," Mr. Ross said. "We were a great team during the campaign, and we will be a great team during the Administration."